Students Can Add Cooking, Baking to List of Studies, Thanks to UMass Amherst Dining Services Program

AMHERST, Mass. – Dining Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be offering cooking and baking classes to juniors and seniors this April on Friday afternoons at the Berkshire Dining Commons.

“I think this will be a great way to offer our upperclassman new, lifelong culinary skills from experienced chefs before they head into the real world to prepare food for themselves,” said Ken Toong, director of Dining Services.

The classes will be free to juniors and seniors on the meal plan, and $25 for non-meal plan students. There will be 15 students in each class, filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cooking classes will be taught by Executive Chef Willie Sng, and baking instruction will be provided by Pastry Chef Simon Stevenson. The class schedule is as follows:

• April 4, Cooking 101, 2-5 p.m.
• April 11, Cooking 101, 2-5 p.m.
• April 18, Baking 101, 2-5 p.m.
• April 25, Baking 101, 2-5 p.m.

Students can register for the classes by signing up at dining hall cashier stations.